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Young and Innocent (The Girl Was Young)

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Young and Innocent (The Girl Was Young)

Published 1937

A man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

Run time 80 min.
Producer Edward Black
Production Company Gaumont Film Company
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2012
Subject: Loved it
The blackface was likely a device used to disguise the killer until the end.

The confession, rather blunt and anticlimactic, may have been the result of a budget issue. I'm sure Hitchcock would have desired another ending, but that early in his career, the producers had more 'juice' than Hitchcock.
Reviewer: katperrr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2012
Subject: Hitchcock
anything he does is great
Reviewer: saieeeeed - favorite - May 1, 2012
Subject: 5exs
Reviewer: Kevin VandeWettering - - January 22, 2012
Subject: zzzz
Reviewer: sakkirook - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2011
Subject: Early Birds
I found it interesting that AH used seagulls as instruments of horror in this flick (albeit briefly) -- and also the foreshadowing of the "falling body" high-angle shot from NxNW in the abandoned mine sequence. But it is a flivver of a movie compared to his later luxe Limousines.
Reviewer: Pleonic - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2010
Subject: Nova Pilbeam
One of the reviews says the actors are probably all dead, but Nova Pilbeam at least is still alive. 91 yrs old and living in North London.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2010
Subject: Good old good one
Great movie, great acting, directing and everything except the ending with not only the black face which was used a lot for the period, but the confession... "I choked the life out of her!" That was the killer to the entire thing, but again..something not entirely unusual for the time and MUHAHAHA!..but from Hitchcock?
Reviewer: Trescore Islands - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2010
Subject: Location of opening scene
This is the location of the opening film sequence of The Young and the Innocent.
Hitchcock filmed widely around Cornwall. The association with Rebecca and Daphne Du Maurier Festival have resulted in the Fowey Festival.
Porthcothan Bay is more recently famous for being the home of Nick Darke , playwright (The Wrecking Season).
Reviewer: Ed Jr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2010
Subject: Golden Oldies
Absolutely delightful and the acting was very good. Nice story too. I bet the teenagers loved it. Ah, those were the days. I suppose they are all dead now though a couple could be alive.
Reviewer: inselpeter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2009
Subject: Delightful
This is a lovely film -- and the use of blackface in the last scene is straight out of Sherlock Holmes.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2009
Subject: Good Entertainment
This is one of those early Hitchcock films that those with a film studies course or two under their belt like to dismiss as not as good as his later, more polished movies. It's a 'wrong man' story, like 'The 39 Steps', with the charming protagonist and the strong willed woman who becomes convinced of his innocence and helps him, here played wonderfully by Nova Pilbeam. The acting is good throughout. There are many amusing scenes. I especially liked the one where two constables hitch a ride on a pig wagon. The pursuit by the police does get somewhat absurd. The use of black face by the orchestra in the last act is unfortunate.

I downloaded the 512Kb MPEG-4 file. Video and audio are OK.
Reviewer: movie421a - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2007
Subject: Young and Innocent
Good Alfred Hitchcock movie filled with lots of suspense. A man discovers a body on the beach, runs for help, but two people discover the body as the man is running away. Everyone thinks he is guilty except for the commissioners daughter. They must find a mysterious man who has an eye blinking disorder to prove his innocence.
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